Working to restore and care for natural habitat along the North Shore Channel

Planting

Planting for diversity

Planting for diversity

Saturday was cool and wet, but a truckload of plants awaited, so our tough band of volunteers got to work with shovels and trowels. Four hours later, several hundred plugs—young wildflowers, grasses, and sedges—were in the ground at sites along the channel banks stretching from […]

Pitching in on Chicago River Day

Pitching in on Chicago River Day

Another section of the channel banks was transformed on Saturday as the community came together to plant native trees and shrubs in front of the Ecology Center. It was part of Chicago River Day, an annual event organized by our partners at Friends of the […]

Mayapple season

Mayapple season

On Earth Day, celebrated by the City of Evanston on April 21, a group from Dewey Elementary joined TreeKeepers and other volunteers in mulching trees and planting wildflowers in the Ladd Arboretum. More than 50 pots of mayapples went into the ground along shady stretches […]

Under the snow

Under the snow

As snow fell earlier this week, we were finishing the final step in this season’s planting: scattering a mix of seeds in bare patches along the channel banks in the Ladd Arboretum and around the Twiggs Park overlook. It was too dark to take a […]

For the birds

For the birds

Fall migration is winding down, and our planting sites along the North Shore Channel look raw. But if all goes well, by next fall, migrating birds will find an even more welcoming stopover place here in Evanston as they pass through on their way south […]

Planting the sun and the moon

Planting the sun and the moon

“I love getting dirty!” Just what we like to hear when a group of young people come out to work on the channel project. Armed with trowels and abundant energy, a Y.O.U. afterschool group from Edison Elementary joined us Thursday to plant wildflowers and grasses […]

A perfect day for planting

A perfect day for planting

Community members came out today to  help plant wildflowers and grasses in the Ladd Arboretum’s new sun garden. The planting was part of Evanston’s local Oaktober celebration, held each year to raise awareness of the importance of oaks and oak ecosystems throughout the state. The […]

Working with Y.O.U. at Twiggs Park

Working with Y.O.U. at Twiggs Park

Over the summer, volunteers cleared the area around the Twiggs Park overlook, and yesterday city staff planted more than 40 shrubs and trees. Today, a group from Y.O.U. (Youth and Opportunity United) joined the older volunteers to plant flowers and grasses—just in time for the […]

A time to plant: Oaktober at the Ladd Arboretum

A time to plant: Oaktober at the Ladd Arboretum

We will be celebrating Oak Awareness Month on Saturday, October 7, at the Evanston Ecology Center’s third annual Oaktober Festival. “Oaktober” is a statewide effort to raise awareness of the value of the region’s native oak ecosystems. Oak trees are not only beautiful and long-lived—they […]

How you can get involved this fall

How you can get involved this fall

Everyone is welcome to join the City of Evanston’s North Shore Channel Habitat Project as we create, restore, and care for bird habitat along the channel and in the demonstration garden in front of the Civic Center. A great way to get involved is to […]